We spend time each morning thinking of what we will wear to work (or wherever our day takes us), shoes, jewelry, etc. That is the outer image. How much time do you spend thinking of what attitude and Christ attributes that you will wear? My Bible study this week was about just that.
In “Reflecting God”, Kay Smith tells us that “our spiritual clothing isn’t left up to us”. God has “clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness” (Is. 61:10). And because of what He has done for us, it is “possible for us to clothe ourselves with humility, compassion and kindness“.
We can choose to put on our dirty, filthy rags of the “old self”: Anger, hatred, malice, slander, filthy language and lying (Col. 3:8-9); or we can choose to put on our new selves, which reflects and glorifies our Lord. “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” (Col. 3:12-14)
This morning I made the choice to adorn myself for the Lord. I put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forbearance, forgiveness and love. And I choose to “greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” Let’s close with a prayer from “Reflecting God”.
Father, we deeply long to be a true reflection of You in this world. Help us to clean out our spiritual closets today. Take every ugly, stained, unbecoming attitude and remove it far from us. And remind us daily, Lord, of the beauty You have give us through the precious blood of Your Son. Conform us to Your image. We ask all this in Your precious name. Amen!